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LWC Men 76. Campbellsville U 72. - Thu 2 Feb 2017

Lindsey Wilson Men's Basketball holds off Campbellsville, wins 76-72 on Thursday, February 2, 2017, before packed house of 1,300 at Biggers Sports Center. Charles Sutton and Bryan Wallace scored 22 and 20 points, respectively for raiders.
Next: LWC Men host Cumberland University (TN) at 8pmCT (after Women v Cumberland at 6pmCT), Thursday, February 9, 2017, at Biggers Sports Center, 367 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY

By Matthew Wurzburger

COLUMBIA, KY - (Thu 1 Feb 2017) The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team weathered a late second-half surge to down Campbellsville (KY), 76-72, at Biggers Sports Center on Thursday night.


Charles Sutton and Bryan Wallace scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, on a combined 13-of-25 shooting to lead the Blue Raiders (17-8, 4-5 Mid-South Conference).

Hagen Tyler scored a team-high 21 points for the Tigers (12-10, 2-6 MSC).

Wallace scored seven of Lindsey Wilson's first nine points to start the game, reaching a career milestone in the process.

The Lexington, Kentucky native joined the Blue Raiders' 1,000-point club with a made three pointer at the 16:38 mark in the first half and finished the game with 1,017 career points.

Lindsey Wilson held an early 7-4 lead but struggled to score the basketball as Campbellsville pulled away with a 14-2 run to lead 18-9 at the midway point of the first half.

Hannes Erhardt broke that scoring run with a basket at the 11:14 mark, and then the two teams traded baskets as the lead oscillated between nine and five points.

The Blue Raiders clawed to within a basket with a 6-0 run between the 4:18 and 3:26 marks of the first half. During the run, the Tigers went scoreless for two minutes.

Lindsey Wilson continued its late pursuit of Campbellsville, cutting the score to 32-31 with a Sutton basket with 1:40 left in the half.

Tyler's two pointer just seven seconds later gave the Tigers a three-point cushion, but it was Campbellsville's final points of the first half as the Blue Raiders closed out on a 6-0 run.

Dmitry Utolin's field goal at the 48 second mark gave his team its first lead since the 16:38 mark. In total, the lead changed hands four times in the first half and six times during the game.

The Blue Raiders shot 48.6 percent in the first half and controlled the paint -- out-scoring the Tigers 32-18 in the paint.

Campbellsville made 46.7 percent of their first-half shots but went just 3-for-8 from the free throw line in the first 20 minutes.

The Tigers surged out of the intermission, out-scoring Lindsey Wilson 12-3 in the first 4:11 of the second half. Campbellsville used the run to build a 46-40 advantage -- its largest lead of the second half.

Lindsey Wilson came up empty on six of its first eight possessions in the second half -- committing three turnovers and missing three of four shot attempts.

Sutton stemmed the tide with a two pointer with 15:04 to go in the period, which sparked a 6-0 run to pull the Blue Raiders to within two points.

Campbellsville rebuilt a five-point lead with 13:28 remaining in the half but conceded an 11-0 run as Lindsey Wilson retook the lead for good.

Sutton scored nine of the Blue Raiders' points during that run, and the Lindsey Wilson defense held the Tigers scoreless for over four minutes.

Erik Kinney scored a field goal with 9:25 to go to halt Campbellsville's scoreless drought, but the Blue Raiders scored the next five points.

DJ Lambert punctuated the spurt with a three pointer to give his team a 63-53 lead -- their largest margin of the game.

However, the double-digit lead would not last for long as the Tigers promptly rattled off eight unanswered points to cut the lead to 63-61 with 4:44 left showing on the clock.

Consecutive buckets by Wallace gave Lindsey Wilson a seven-point cushion with 3:57 left in the second. The Blue Raiders successfully guarded that lead, never letting the Tigers pull to within more than four points for the remainder of the game.

Dylan Gaskin scored the Blue Raiders final basket of the game with 36 seconds left. From there Lindsey Wilson made three of its six free throws and held Campbellsville to only one field goal -- a three pointer from Elliot Young -- to lock down the victory.

The Blue Raiders shot 55 percent from the field in the second half and finished the game shooting 50.9 percent. Lindsey Wilson is 10-2 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor.

Campbellsville made 41.9 percent of its second-half field goals and finished the game shooting 44.3 percent from the field.

Lindsey Wilson maintained its dominance of the paint in the second half, finishing the game with a 48-32 edge in points in the paint.

Nic Brown came off the bench to score 11 points and blocked three shots for the Blue Raiders -- his ninth game with three or more blocked shots this season.


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